reply to post by KilrathiLG
The first successful defence against a blitzkrieg was by British Commonwealth troops during the
battle of Tobruk in Libya 1941. Australian, English and Indian troops dug in around Tobruk which
is a port. They defended against two blitzkrieg assaults from Rommels Afrika Corp.
On 8th April 1941 the garrison of Tobruk consisting of the 9th Division, the 18th Brigade of the 7th Division with British and Indian Troops, came
under siege which was to last for 242 days.
The German forces made two serious attempts to capture Tobruk using "blitzkrieg" tactics of a deep armoured thrust through defences followed up by
infantry. Up until this point in the war these "blitzkrieg" tactics had never failed.
But that does'nt take away from the fact Russia kicked Nazi (and Japan's) arse though.
They also payed a heavy price with 20 million or so killed. The actual numbers
will never be known.
I think the Allies plan was for Russia to attack and keep the Germans and Romanians busy,
while America, British commonwealth and the Free armies prepared for D-Day.
I recall reading somewhere that Stalin was complaining that Russia was doing all the fighting and dying
and was urging the allies to enter europe, but the allies were still not perpared enough to do so.
You have to admire these people for their sacrifice, they fought the largest battles and took the heaviest
edit on 14-11-2011 by weirdguy because: (no reason given)